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Sorry for the picture quality, damn iPhone 4 can't take nice pictures in a room who's only light source is a low wattage night light bulb and monitors. 90% of the light came from the monitors in front of it.


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My new (& finally first) mechanical keyboard the Gigabyte Aivia Osmium http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4179#na.

UK/EU layout with additional Czech diacritics keys. I was hoping to get the US layout (with a large left shift key, but it looks like this is not possible in the EU, so we're all stuck with the UK/EU layout). I think this is the reason this KB was released so late in the EU.

Photos (excuse the quality, taken with my Smartphone):






Decided to wait for a keyboard that caught my eye and especially one with red switches on all keys (comprise between easy typing and gaming). The Osmium is the one.

I wasn't sure about black switches. After using this keyboard the last few hours I realized that I will go with switches with higher actuation force like the black switches. Especially for heavy gaming sessions as I can be quite brutal on my keyboards with a lot of key mashing. But the reds are great as well.

Then again these red switches are very light and my fingers are in heaven as I type this. The keyboard is extremely responsive compared to my 3 year old Saitek Cyborg (membrane KB) and actually not that loud (except for the backspace key - no twang sound but a distinctive whack whack whack when I press it). Verified KB supports full NKRO (YAY!!!). Its not that large a KB as some first reviews pointed out. Its actually quite compact. Chassis is sturdy and doesn't "creak" when you twist it (what little bit you actually can). LEDs at max are very bright and are a little (or a lot) distracting at max in a dark room/at night, for me at least.

Wrist rest is very sturdy and I rate its rage survivability at 10 on a scale of 1-10 (but only time will tell).

Only gripe so far...the Aivia Macro Profile switch that pulsates. Its not intrusive and isn't very bright though, but the brightness does not adjust or turn off with the rest of the KB. I've never been too keen on Gigabyte software/utilities and apparently the only way to disable (or turn off) the pulsating effect completely is to install GB's Ghost Software for this KB.

Time to put this baby though its paces. BF3/Diablo 3/DoTa here I come.

BTW: I forgot to mention that the top of KB and wrist rest is covered in a rubbery like matte black coating as opposed to the first photos/exhibits of shiny plastic builds. GB really outdid themselves with this keyboard.
Edited by Yu-Stin-Ki-Pu - 8/25/12 at 8:22pm
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Ended up getting a filco ninja tkl w/blacks, don't use it anymore if anyone is interested in it.
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Realforce 87u, new toy to keep me occupied for another week or two before my upgrade bug kicks in.
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Just a pic of my setup at night , I have a thing for blue LEDs , the KB is a blackwidow stealth ..


I was hoping it would show a bit more , OCN is making it look a lot weaker ...
    
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out of curiosity, do most keys fit most mech keyboards? I'm thinking about getting that new razer tournament board and wonder if wsad keys would fit or any other aftermarket keys.

also I wanted to bump this thread to the top of my list

thanks all. thumb.gif
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azio levetron mech 5
mx cherry blacks thumb.gif
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azio levetron mech 5
mx cherry blacks thumb.gif

Oh god that board, so ugly redface.gif. To each his own. thumb.gif
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lol im a haf owner ..enough said?
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lol im a haf owner ..enough said?

So am I, and that keyboard is ugly. tongue.gif
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